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Old 04-23-2009, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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A simple, "No" should do it. Just tell them that that won't work for you and give him the phone numbers (or web addresses) of a few local hotels. Tell him that you are looking forward to seeing him and meeting his family.

Frankly, it's rude to ask for lodging for that large of a family. It's thoughtless.
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Old 04-23-2009, 09:00 PM
 
Location: In a house on a street in Puyallup, WA
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That is a really awesome idea! I'm obviously not the OP, but I would never have even thought of that. What's the pricing difference of renting an RV versus staying @ a hotel?
You would have to check with the local Rv dealers that rent Rv's in your area for the price.
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Old 04-23-2009, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Hot Springs, AR
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"I'll be happy to give you the number to Motel 6"
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Old 04-24-2009, 04:29 PM
 
Location: I'm around here someplace :)
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I have been keeping in touch with a close friend from college via Christmas Cards and email for over 20 years, but have not spoken to him in over 15 years and have not seen him in over 20. Now he has decided it is time to bring the family of eight to Washington DC this summer. He lives in Idaho.

He emailed me and asked if we can put him and his family up for four nights. They would be happy to sleep on the floor. How would you respond?
if it were me, I'd be a-o-k with it
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Old 04-24-2009, 05:03 PM
 
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I have been keeping in touch with a close friend from college via Christmas Cards and email for over 20 years, but have not spoken to him in over 15 years and have not seen him in over 20. Now he has decided it is time to bring the family of eight to Washington DC this summer. He lives in Idaho.

He emailed me and asked if we can put him and his family up for four nights. They would be happy to sleep on the floor. How would you respond?
Tell him your wife said no.
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Old 04-24-2009, 05:30 PM
 
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Maybe this is the year you should stop sending those Christmas cards.
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Old 04-24-2009, 05:48 PM
 
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If you are comfortable with it take em in!
Since you made the thread I guess ur not, so make a suttle hint tha he should find another place to sleep, but you can meet at someplace for dinner or something.

Ah and having a family of eight, I think your friend is probably used to some limitations when it comes to invitations.
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Old 04-24-2009, 05:48 PM
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Location: MA/NH
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I think that it's one situation of just your old college friend asking you to put him and his wife up for a night as they are passing through town, but four nights and with SIX children is a really over the top request. Especially since he not said why they need the free lodgings. He should have make his request along with an explanation for his circumstances, like he's looked for lodgings already online and all the area hotels are booked or way too expensive for their budget. Just some reason so you can talk to your own family about it and so that they will not mind the HUGE inconvenience of sharing their bathrooms with six children and two adults, all complete strangers to them.

When I go out of town to an area where I have friends, I prefer staying in a hotel just for privacy's sake. I have four friends that have insisted ahead of time that I have to stay with them when passing through their area. And I always reciprocation with taking them out to a good dinner or some other thank you.

And if I am traveling with a boyfriend, we always get a hotel room. They don't even like the idea of a bed and breakfast where the bathrooms are shared with others.
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Old 04-24-2009, 05:52 PM
 
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I think that it's one situation of just your old college friend asking you to put him and his wife up for a night as they are passing through town, but four nights and with SIX children is a really over the top request. Especially since he not said why they need the free lodgings. He should have make his request along with an explanation for his circumstances, like he's looked for lodgings already online and all the area hotels are booked or way too expensive for their budget. Just some reason so you can talk to your own family about it and so that they will not mind the HUGE inconvenience of sharing their bathrooms with six children and two adults, all complete strangers to them.

When I go out of town to an area where I have friends, I prefer staying in a hotel just for privacy's sake. I have four friends that have insisted ahead of time that I have to stay with them when passing through their area. And I always reciprocation with taking them out to a good dinner or some other thank you.

And if I am traveling with a boyfriend, we always get a hotel room. They don't even like the idea of a bed and breakfast where the bathrooms are shared with others.
Couldn't agree more
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Old 04-24-2009, 05:56 PM
 
Location: GIlbert, AZ
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If you're not from a large family yourself, and used to large families already, then I would say no. I wear myself out taking care of ONE person for 4 days much less 8! After 2 days I really want company gone so I can have my house back. It's exhausting entertaining, cooking for, and cleaning up after someone. In your situation thats all of them "hogging" your t.v., your refridgerator (which will have to be restocked several times for their finicky favorites), your bathroom (imagine waiting in line behind 8 others!), not using coasters--AGH!!
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